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    Posted: 30 Apr 2012 at 12:22

Scotland's coach Andy Robinson takes charge of a Barbarians' squad drawn from six different countries for the match against Loughborough Students on Wednesday 9 May (7.30pm). The Students, newly promoted to English National One for next season, invited the Barbarians for the special match to open their new grandstand at Holywell Park.
Robinson, an ex-Loughborough student who captained the university to victory in the UAU Final at Twickenham in 1986, also captained the Barbarians three times in his playing days.
He said, "It is a great honour for me to be invited to coach the Barbarians and especially to go back to a university which holds such special memories."
Included in the Barbarians' 22-man squad are Japan's Rugby World Cup fly-half James Arlidge, stalwart Premiership props Duncan Bell and Chris Budgen, and former Great Britain rugby league star Sean Long.
Also in the squad are the top points and try scorers in English National One for the season, Rory Teague and Philip Chesters respectively.
Among former Barbarians accepting return invitations are Nottingham Rugby's Kiwi duo Craig Hammond and Joe Duffey, Cardiff Blues' flanker Josh Navidi, and scrum-halves Chris Pilgrim (another Loughborough graduate) and Nick Runciman.

Barbarians' squad:
Backs - *Fraser Thomson (Melrose), John Rudd (Rosslyn Park), *Philip Chesters (Ealing Trailfinders), *Nathan Brew (Neath & Wales), *Sean Long (Preston Grasshoppers & Great Britain RL), *Rory Teague (Cinderford), Ross Broadfoot (Jersey), *James Arlidge (Nottingham Rugby & Japan), Nick Runciman (Gloucester Rugby), Chris Pilgrim (Newcastle Falcons)
Forwards - *Chris Budgen (Exeter Chiefs), *Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby & England), Ben Evans (Jersey & Wales), Joe Duffey (Nottingham Rugby), Finlay Gillies (Glasgow Rugby), *Will Warden (Richmond), Craig Hammond (Nottingham Rugby), *Haydn Pugh (Carmarthen Quins), *Rob Malaney (Cambridge University), *Andrew Thomas (Carmarthen Quins), Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues), *John Carter (Oxford University)
[* - denotes new Barbarian]

Loughborough Students v Barbarians
Holywell Park - Wednesday 9 May - kick-off 7.30pm
Tickets available from Loughborough University

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2012 at 19:17
Wow,
A Barbarians side without a Fylde player in it.WinkTongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2012 at 21:26

like to see this game - obviously pleased about the jersey representation, but also that it's a really good cross-section, an interesting mix of players including some international (league and union) and some stalwarts from the prem. sure the front row union reunion alone will make for a lively post-match buzz. some ex-loughborough players there inc warden and pilgrim, and of course andy robinson in the dug-out. hope it goes well...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 Apr 2012 at 21:45
islander my ticket is purchased....looking forward to it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 08:23
Would expect to see Robinson's son in the Luffbra side too.

Not sure about inclusion of Long - many other longer-serving or brighter prospect Union players who deserve this honour, I would have thought.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 11:26
Originally posted by hammer hammer wrote:

Would expect to see Robinson's son in the Luffbra side too.

Not sure about inclusion of Long - many other longer-serving or brighter prospect Union players who deserve this honour, I would have thought.

Why pick on Long? There are plenty of other old stagers in the team. In fact his selection is one of the most interesting. Will be good to see how he does with even better players around him as he has started to flourish playing fly half at Lightfoot Green.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 12:20
No offence meant and not about Long being an old stager as my initial comment demonstrates.

It was his only recent involvement in Union this season (he may have played the code before of course).

I just felt there were players who had dedicated themselves to Union all their career who might have warranted the place (of course, for most it was not as if league were a viable option for them, I realise).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 12:38
Also you don,t know how many players who have dedicated themselves to R Union were invited but had to turn down the invite, due to injury /work/family commitments.
 
 Many are invited but a lot cannot make the commitment
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 14:09
Originally posted by JonDee JonDee wrote:

Also you don,t know how many players who have dedicated themselves to R Union were invited but had to turn down the invite, due to injury /work/family commitments.
 
 Many are invited but a lot cannot make the commitment

Indeed but I don't follow your point.

I simply think there are other players I could find I would have wanted to reward and at the same time let all the others like him know they are not part of the great undeserving that the game utterly depends upon.

Again, nothing against Long - don't know much about him and would run a mile rather than risk criticising his selection to his face.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 18:48
see your point hammer. but don't agree with it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2012 at 21:25
Originally posted by islander islander wrote:

see your point hammer. but don't agree with it.

Surely an impossibility!!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 May 2012 at 14:46
Turn down a chance to play for the Baa Baa's - i'd sell my family for that!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 16:02
would be interested in any updates/ scoreflashes reports on this one, including but not restricted to the 2 jersey representatives. ben evans got a 20-min breather at the end of the siam cup game v guernsey last saturday, so should be fighting fit (at 36 he's the youngest prop in the squad!). fly-half ross broadfoot (one of 3 10s in the original squad) came off with a couple of minutes to go with a slight leg knock but was confident he'd be fine...
 
hope it goes well and loughboro' get a good crowd...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 17:35
It's being streamed on the Loughborough SU site - head to the Loughborough Rugby homepage for more details.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 20:01
Originally posted by walkingonwater walkingonwater wrote:

It's being streamed on the Loughborough SU site - head to the Loughborough Rugby homepage for more details.
 
 
no joy with the loughboro site. @ealingtfrugby is there on twitter. baabaas up 7-0 apparently, presume chesters didn't score or they'd have said!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 20:03
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 20:08
Looking a tough game for Luffbra and no Barbarians rugby spirit in sight from them - Budgeon I think mugged Dowsett well off the ball.

Looks a good new stadium pitch.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 21:11
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 21:27
Finished 40-7 to the Barbarians, tries from Long, Budgen (2), Chesters, Broadfoot that I can remember. Long named MoM by LSUTVRugby. Excellent stream of the game, new set up at Luff looks very impressive.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 May 2012 at 22:06
oxford uni no8 carter got the other try... arlidge got 5 conversions i believe
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